January 29, 2014

Decrease Colorectal Cancer Risk With Regular Doctor Visits

A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine measured colorectal rates for over 200,000 people between the ages of 67 and 85 and showed, over a ten year period (1994-2005), that higher utilization of primary care among Medicare beneficiaries reduces both cancer incidence and mortality.

Regular Checkup

Primary care visits in the 4- to 27- month period before colorectal cancer diagnosis was assessed.  Patients with five to ten primary care visits had lower incidence and mortality rates compared with patients with no more than a single primary care visit.

This study adds to the significant amount of evidence that regular medical checkups can result in a healthier and longer life.

Source: Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(7):437-44

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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